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Sunday Roundup: 4/12/15

New Games (4-12-15)A bit late on getting this one out, but a great week nonetheless for games. After passing on a select few games during the tail end of GameStop’s Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal, I decided to drag myself back to the store to purchase what I honestly should have bought the first time. Sadly, and let this be a lesson, only one of the games from the trio I originally intended on picking up were still available. *sigh*

A preordered game arrived from Amazon this past week, as well as a random sealed PS2 game. Oh, and a very interesting find at Goodwill capped off the week.

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The Inescapable Allure of Etrian Mystery Dungeon

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Dungeon crawlers have been one of the biggest surprises for me in all my years of gaming. The idea of rigorously treading through a seemingly endless dungeon full of ridiculously challenging enemies and assured failure around nay every corner just didn’t seem all that fun. When I had the opportunity to play Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan on Nintendo 3DS, all my perceptions shifted. Suddenly the idea of immense challenge and discovery was fun, fresh, and exciting. Exploring a dungeon for the first time was unlike any other RPG before, and I found myself bleeding countless hours into the game only to progress forward a small bit. Being able to map out the dungeon floor, marking the location of items and major enemies gave myself a grand sense of security, like I had an advantage over the once threatening world which spelled my doom numerous times before.

So then why is Etrian Mystery Dungeon, a game which strips away that safety blanket of knowing the coordinates of each dungeon and replaces it with randomly generated floors while still maintaining the degree of difficulty of past Etrian games, still incredibly fun, fresh, and exciting?

It comes down to Etrian Mystery Dungeon doing two things right: exploration and development. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 04/14/2015 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Sunday Roundup: 4/5/15

New Games (4-5-15)Happy Easter everyone!

This week saw a collection of games from Goodwill, eBay, and GameStop. A few of those GameStop games were great finds: games I have wanted to play for a long time and games that were simply a steal for the price. Anytime I can find something at Goodwill is always a treat as well, and this there was even a surprise (literally!) in one of the games I bought. Lastly the games from eBay were part of a lot of loose DS games, but still included some swell finds for a sweet price. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Now Playing: A Bunch of Games on Twitch!

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I have been admittedly stagnant on the updates here on SlickGaming, but that doesn’t mean I’m not playing, creating, or, furthermore, abandoning the ol’ blog. In fact, far from it! I’ve had my hands full with a lot of games as of late, and there are no signs of slowing down with tons of great new stuff coming in the future! Just to give a quick update (and personally allow myself to play catch up with… myself?), here’s what I’ve been spending my time on as of late. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2015 in Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/29/15

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 CoverDance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 3
Wii
Release Date: October 27th, 2009
Purchased at: GameStop (Campbell, CA – $5)

I wasn’t expecting much from this trip to GameStop, because the last few times Laura and I made our way out here it wasn’t very fruitful. But this time there was a trio of games I happily waited behind a super slow family trading in an Xbox 360 and a dozen games to buy! After finding Dance Dance Revolution II last week, I kind of thought my next DDR would be Dance Dance Revolution and I’d be looking for Hottest Party 3 for a much longer time. It’s not an expensive game (obviously), but it’s been hard for me to track a copy down in my area. I’m happy I’ve almost completed the Wii DDR library!

Lost in Blue Shipwrecked CoverLost in Blue: Shipwrecked
Wii
Release Date: September 23rd, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Campbell, CA – $5)

While I was happy to have found Hottest Party 3 at this store, I was even more surprised to also find Lost in Blue on Wii! The GameStop employee said he didn’t even know there was a Lost in Blue on the system, to which I wasn’t surprised or upset: rather, I was kind of impressed he even knew what the Lost In Blue series was, let alone recognized it when I brought up the game. This was a really great find, because it’s not only complete and a great price, but it completes my series collection!

Fossil League CoverFossil League: Dino Tournament Championship
DS
Release Date: January 16th, 2007
Purchased at: GameStop (Campbell, CA – $3)

Though I would prefer it to be complete, I couldn’t pass up this one for so cheap! Fossil League is kind of like a dinosaur themed Pokemon game: you collect and train your massive reptiles to do battle, leveling them up along the way, and eventually tracking down every last one. Most reviews draw this comparison to Pokemon, which honestly isn’t bad: the Pokemon series is a wonderful franchise to model your game on, and one that features dinosaurs at its core seems like a winner to me. I also like how this game also has incredibly similar ties to another franchise: Fossil Fighters.

Gears of War Judgment CoverGears of War: Judgment
Xbox 360
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
Purchased at: Target (Sunnyvale, CA – $5)

Why yes, I will buy you for just $5, Gears of War: Judgment. I still haven’t gotten through all of Gears of War 2 (let alone GoW3), although Laura and I will occasionally talk about how we still haven’t finished the game. From what I remember during the time of this game’s release, the story and gameplay was average, but was kind of a letdown from the past trilogy. I’ll likely keep this one sealed, since I don’t really have much interest in the game, but couldn’t pass on that deal.

Fighters Megamix Cover (Japan)Fighters Megamix
Saturn
Release Date: December 21st, 1996
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $6)

My very first import game! I was really happy when this one arrived: it was well packaged and in perfect condition! Two years ago Laura bought me an Action Replay for my Saturn, which allows the console to play games from any region, including Japan, which has some exclusive games worth playing. Also, some games for the US Saturn are incredibly expensive, while their Japanese counterpart are incredibly cheap (like this game!). I’ll try to stream some of the game later this week if I’m lucky. And to end of a funny note, this was my favorite game on the ill-fated Game.Com system. Yes… I have a Game.Com.

Laters,
Jsick

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/15/15

New Games (3-15-15)I was aching to go to a GameStop we don’t usually get to that often, and after a triplet of failed attempts to make it, we finally got there late in the week. And man, it did NOT disappoint! Lately I’ve been all about checking out the loose DS games, because sometimes there are great deals hidden away in there. Sure, I wish I could get them complete, but if I can still find them cheap enough, it’ll still be worth it. Anyway, this week I found a trio of excellent DS games, all for stupid fantastic prices! Not only that, but there were some great Wii games at this store as well. And a great week wouldn’t be complete without a few eBay lots as well! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/22/15

New Games (3-22-150Laura had a long meeting for work and I had the day off, so the only natural thing to do was hunt for video games across the South Bay Area. I ended up stopping at two GameStops I’ve never been too before, both of which proved to be fruitful ventures, as well as a couple Goodwill locations, which were not as grand as past expeditions but still worthwhile. When all was said and done Laura’s dad asked me if I played all of these games, which sadly the answer is no. But I told him I was proud of the fact most all of them were $5 or less! Anyway, here’s this weeks roundup! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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